4 December 2017 | Launch event: Adjusting to rising costs in Chinese light manufacturing


On 4 December 2017, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Center for New Structural Economics (CNSE) at Peking University, Beijing, hosted the launch of the ODI–CNSE joint report, Adjusting to rising costs in Chinese light manufacturing: what opportunities for developing countries?

The report presents the findings of a survey of 640 light manufacturing firms in China’s Pearl River and Yangtze River Deltas, in an effort to understand the pressures facing Chinese light manufacturing firms and such firms’ responses to these challenges, and especially their interest in investing ‘out’ into countries in Africa and the rest of Asia.

Regional launch events were held in Ningbo in the Yangtze River Delta region and in Guangzhou in the Pearl River Delta on 11 and 12 December 2017.

Media coverage

‘Chinese manufacturing may not be moving to Africa all that soon’, Quartz Africa, 5 December

‘China Light Industry Survey Report: Labor costs have become the number one challenge’, Shanghai Securities News, 5 December (in Mandarin)

‘China Light Industry Enterprises “Going Global” Survey: Nearly 30% of shoe companies have plans or have invested abroad’, 21st Century Business Herald, 6 December (in Mandarin)

‘China must focus on innovation in manufacturing as wages rise, says Apple’s Cook’, South China Morning Post, 6 December

‘Costs push shoemakers to set foot abroad’, Global Times, 7 December

‘Labor costs rose, 27% of China’s footwear companies surveyed to be “going out”‘, Yangcheng Evening News, 12 December

‘”Promote economic restructuring – China’s manufacturing enterprises to upgrade and go global research report” successfully released in Guangzhou’, Southern Network, 13 December

‘China’s manufacturing enterprises to upgrade and go out, research report released’, Guangming, 13 December


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